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Source: USAID
11 October 2007

USAID PINE Program Renovates Two Schools in Ramallah

Ramallah, West Bank - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated Thursday the completed renovation of two Ramallah schools, the St. George Greek Orthodox School and St. Joseph School for Girls.

Minister of Education Lamees Alami, USAID Mission Director Howard Sumka, and Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophelos III toured the new second floor at St. George, where USAID built 10 new classrooms and other new facilities.

Later, Dr. Sumka and representatives from the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), which oversaw the renovations, attended festivities at St. Joseph School for Girls, where USAID funds rebuilt the school playground.

More than 1200 Ramallah students will benefit from the two USAID projects.

Both renovation projects are part of USAID’s Palestinian Infrastructure for Needed Employment (PINE) Program, implemented by the IOCC. Between October 2006 and August 2007, the PINE program upgraded and rehabilitated nine private schools and kindergartens in Ramallah, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem. More than 3,200 local students have benefited from the PINE program and more than 7,000 days of employment have been provided to unemployed Palestinians.

Since 1993, USAID has provided more than $1.7 billion in U.S. economic assistance to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza via projects designed to combat poverty, improve health and education, create jobs, and promote good governance.

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